How glare causes visual discomfort in the office – and how good lighting can help
Incorrect office lighting can cause very negative consequences, that affect the health of employees. Due to the intense concentration that’s required of office workers, and to the fact that they typically do their work in front of computer screens, providing the highest level of visual comfort is crucial.
But what do we mean by visual comfort and how can we achieve it?
Let’s start by first defining the opposite term: visual discomfort. Visual discomfort is associated with both psychological and physiological effects. It involves eye fatigue (which can manifest itself in sore, red, and itchy eyes) and can lead to headaches and to neck and shoulder pain. It can also have a negative impact on performance, mood, and motivation, and boost the amount of sick leave employees take.
Visual discomfort can have various causes. This may be too little or too much illuminance, as well as a strong contrast of illumination, flickering or glare.
Parameter UGR characterizes the glare and flicker, which are so detrimental to the human health. For each room and work that is performed in these rooms, a certain level of UGR is assumed. For offices where people work in front of computer screens, it is necessary to comply with the standard of 16 - 19 UGR
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Visual comfort is crucial to our well-being. In offices and other work environments it’s even more important, as employee it spends most of his day at work. Proper lighting makes work more productive, and improves employee’s health state.